Reptile pets: Food insects shuttle allergens into homes

Reptiles are becoming increasingly popular as pets. The number of reptile pets, such as lizards, turtles and snakes, has doubled in the past ten years. Researchers from the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna recently showed that grasshoppers used as reptile food can be a source of allergies. In an article published in the World Allergy Organization Journal, based on a clinical case study, they recommend people consider this potential allergenic risk in the future. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)